Book review by Katherine Bouton published in the New York Times in the beginning of July. The review is about Steven Shapin’s “Never pure: historical studies of science as if it was produced by people with bodies, situated in time, space, culture, and society, and struggling for credibility and authority”, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
You can sometimes judge a book by its cover. “Never Pure” is a snappy title, evoking Ivory soap (99 and 44/100 percent pure) and Edgar Allan Poe (“nevermore”). It promises a cross-cultural look at the history of science with contemporary relevance. The cover image is a classy 17th-century painting of an alchemical laboratory, suggesting a deep historical perspective. Read the full review.